San Antonio City Council

When Corruption Turns Deadly

Our Coalition has communicated extensively for three years the unfavorable financial impact of decisions by our unregulated utility monopolies: VIA’s “Modern Streetcar” was sold to a naive City Council in 2011 by Pat DiGiovanni, City Manager Sheryl Sculley’s Deputy, who never answered the question, “How much more will it cost to own and operate streetcars than the buses they would replace?”  The LetThePeopleVote Coalition, with your petition signature, stopped the streetcar project.  Mayor Taylor approved the project but  during her election campaign declared VIA’s streetcar project “wasteful.” CPS’ Lead Attorney Carolyn Shellman said the CPS Smart Grid project would generate…


Raise the Age to Legalize Use of Carcinogens and Abortion to 21

Breathing better after the passage of Tobacco21? To be consistent, the City of San Antonio needs to raise all carcinogens and abortions to age 21. The number of minority girls under age 21 and they’re under age 21 babies will be spared harm and even immediate human death. Will the City now restrict all carcinogens for people under 21? Will the City now restrict  abortion up to age 21? Tobacco21 passed at the SA City Council today. SA is the first city in the state of Texas to pass it. The Texas Legislature refrained from passing it in 2017 to avoid legislating adulthood. While it might feel…


Where is Accountability and Transparency in the San Antonio City Government?

Are you concerned about our City government as we transition from the Taylor to the Nirenberg administration?  We are told that Mayor Taylor was the more politically conservative candidate but predictably failed her re-election bid because she allowed her considerable power to be diluted by an unrestrained city staff.  The electorate seemed to ask, along with our San Antonio Making Bureaucracies Accountable Coalition, “Who’s in charge?” Accountability remains the issue as our Mayor/Council continues their transition. Our City government is managed by two groups — our elected Mayor/Council (10 Council Members plus Mayor Nirenberg) and the unelected bureaucracies for which…


Call To Action

This column is reserved for readers requesting action on issues of interest to San Antonians. Goddess Statue Plethora: The Justice Foundation Urges the Commissioners Court to Immediately Rescind or Not Enter into an Illegal Contract by Alan Parker The Justice Foundation has discovered through the local media that Bexar County has selected and agreed to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a religious monument to a pagan goddess. The statute “Plethora”, as reported in the local media, is described in its own proposal by the Artist Rodriguez-Gerada “the sculpture is an allegorical representation of an archetypal goddess, evoking an…


Diving Deeper into Vista Ridge

The Alamo Torch hosted an educational forum last Thursday, April  6th, at the Blue Star Brewery in San Antonio on the Vista Ridge Water Pipeline project, SAWS’ (San Antonio Water System) flagship project. The speakers were well respected Texas water resource experts – Jim Smyle,  member of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance;  James Murphy,  water law, planning, and policy consultant; George Rice,  Texas hydrologist and groundwater consultant. The three speakers agreed from the outset that the Vista Ridge project  is the wrong alternative for San Antonio’s future. In  his presentation, Mr. Jim Smyle provided quick facts showing the troubled history…


Is the Vista Ridge Water Pipeline Project the Right Solution for San Antonio?

The citizens of San Antonio face a multi-billion dollar debt to construct, operate and maintain a 150 mile pipeline to transport up to 50,000 acre-feet of privately owned groundwater when the same amount of water, mostly publicly owned, was and is available from more stable sources of supply half the distance from San Antonio.  There’s more. These alternatives are half to two-thirds the cost depending on the configuration of the project.  The financial implications of this multi-billion dollar transaction will haunt San Antonio for generations, yet it has scarcely registered as an issue in the upcoming city council elections. Many…


City Council Turning A Blind Eye to Abortion Expansion in San Antonio

I wish I was writing this article to expose something about some important prudential issue like pot holes, speed bumps, ride sharing or salaries for City Council members, but unfortunately it is about the actual taking of human life. Texas HB 2, the omnibus pro-life state legislative bill passed into law in 2013, went into effect in January 2014. The new abortion regulations  limit abortions to the first 20 weeks, requires abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges, abortion facilities to meet state ambulatory surgical  center (ASC) standards, as well as requiring abortion providers  to follow the FDA-approved protocols for administering…